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June 6, 2009  5:29 PM

ISC-squared Creates a Software Lifecycle Credential

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CISSP, CLSSP, Information Security, ISC-squared, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification

Ask any security-savvy software developer how best to make code secure, and he or she will quickly tell you something like "To make code secure, you must design it to be secure, then test the heck out of it to make sure the implementation lives up to that design goal." And in fact, a growing body...

June 1, 2009  8:32 PM

Get ready for the “paperless” MCP!

Posted by: Ed Tittel
digital MCP certificates, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MS certification, paperless MCP

I remember the days of "paper CNEs" and "paper MCSEs" in the late 1990s. This was an era when those often-vaunted credentials were purportedly so easy to earn that they became somewhat debased. That explains why I was so sorely tempted to see a recent e-mail from Microsoft as a backlash long in...

May 26, 2009  3:49 PM

CollegeRecruiter Lists Entry-level Jobs and Internships

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT job market, entry-level IT job search, IT career planning, IT careers, IT intership search, IT job search

What with the semester near its end and the summer drawing on, young people's thoughts turn to employment. The Web site has compiled a nice press release (dated 4/7/09) entitled "

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May 22, 2009  4:11 PM

Does IT Certification or Training Make a Difference?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT training

One question that comes up all the time in reader e-mail and interaction, and in my "Ask the Expert" dialogs, is the one that entitles today's blog. Actually, this has been on a lot of people's minds lately--as a quick perusal of my earlier postings here and elsewhere will ascertain, and as many...

May 11, 2009  5:21 PM

MS Certification Profusion Leads to Confusion?

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MC Master, MCITP, MCP, MCSE, MCTS, Microsoft Architect, MS certification

In the latest round of articles posted at one of my favorite IT Certification Websites,, guest author and full-time trainer Brian Nelson raises some interesting issues about the latest...

May 9, 2009  2:37 PM

Good news/bad news on unemployment

Posted by: Ed Tittel
BLS April 2009 situation summary, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment, IT employment trends, IT unemployment figures, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Yesterday's unemployment figures from the BLS and the most recent unemployment claims numbers tell a "good news/bad news" story about the job market. Actually it's really more of a "bad news/good news" tale, because the bad news is that unemployment has hit a 26-year high of 8.9 percent (the last...

May 6, 2009  1:52 PM

Bite Into These Free Windows 7 “Learning Snacks”

Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, free Windows 7 learning/training, IT careeer planning, IT careers, Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Learning Snacks

As I cruised through the MS Learning site this mornign, I noticed a promo teaser for Windows 7 training. Clicking on their "You be the expert" link, I found myself on a page that included a heading that reads...

April 20, 2009  2:59 PM

Layoffs Hit Close to Home

Posted by: Ed Tittel
coping with job loss, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, job search skills, searching for IT employment

Given that I live in Round Rock, TX, just 6.37 miles from Dell Computer galactic headquarters at 1 Dell Way 78682, I hope it comes as no surprise that many of my neighbors work for that company. In fact, of the 21 houses in my immediate block, at least 9 of those households number (or numbered...

April 17, 2009  3:51 PM

Random Cert News April, 09

Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDE, IT career planning, IT careers, IT cert games, IT certification, MCPD, military vets retool for IT, solid state storage initiative

I've been trolling the IT certification spaces and have noticed a bunch of new stuff out there. In no particular order, here's what I'm seeing lately that may be of interest to some readers:

  • Cisco's progressing on the roll-out of its new expert level cert program, the Cisco Certified...

April 15, 2009  4:52 PM

IT Career Musings on Tax Day, 2009

Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 Tax day, IT career planning, IT careers, managing self-employment income, self-employment income

In prepping for filing my extension for my family's 1040, I always have to do the following:

  • add up how much I made last year: this involves pulling out all my 1099 forms and totting up the total amount. I just barely cracked into six figures for 2008.
  • dig up total payments...

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